Pawlenty to push back against 'isolationist' Republicans
June 27th, 2011
02:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Pawlenty to push back against 'isolationist' Republicans

Washington (CNN) - Phil Musser, a senior adviser to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, revealed Monday that the GOP presidential hopeful will use a high-profile speech this week to "push back the isolationist strand that we are seeing in Republican Party."

Pawlenty will deliver what his campaign is calling a "major foreign policy speech" on Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Both former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, two of Pawlenty's main rivals for the GOP nomination, have recently questioned the ongoing military mission in Afghanistan. Huntsman in particular has been vocal about the need to rapidly reduce American troop levels.

Pawlenty, it seems, will attempt to stake out a more hawkish position than his GOP foes.

Musser told MSNBC that Pawlenty also plans to offer a "full-throated endorsement of freedom and human rights" around the world and question the Obama administration's "missed opportunities" during the so-called Arab Spring.

Few Republican candidates other than Huntsman, the former ambassador to China, can boast serious foreign policy credentials, but Musser said that Pawlenty has "a tremendous depth of foreign policy experience." He pointed to his travels around the world while serving as governor of Minnesota.

Musser brushed off against speculation that the Pawlenty campaign is struggling to raise campaign cash ahead of the second quarter fundraising deadline on June 30.

"Money can't buy you love," he joked. "We are raising the money we need to compete."

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  1. MN Mom

    Darn it. I just lost a bet with the hubby. I thought for sure the " I can see Canada from my house" candidate would be Bachmann.

    June 27, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. John

    Why don't the Republican Party get rid of this IDIOT. When he was Gov he left his state Billion In dept and Bridges falling down. The man Is a Joke. It just as plan as the nose on your face.

    June 27, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. bb

    Pawlenty was toast even before he announced. He's just obsolete static now.

    You should have come out swinging against Romney and Bachmann, T-Paw. You might as well stay in bed from now on..

    June 27, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Mr. Moderate

    Great, another Republican who wants to throw away trillions of more dollars sticking our nose where is should not be.

    I wonder if he will be advocating unilateral overthrows of any other governments like he did for Libya.

    June 27, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. JEBUW

    Even though I'm a fan of the current Republican candidates, I must say that I do not envy the task in front of them. While it is certainly true that there are issues in which Obama can be taken to task on, the process to get the Republican nomination seems to be an almost impossible balancing act of making the standard base with the fringe element both happy. It almost seems that any candidate that can get through the primary will almost certianly be defeated without a substantial issue shift on many issues. This should be an issue that the power structure in the Republican party should address if they want to give Obama a serious challenge next year.

    June 27, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. JEBUW

    That should read, "not a fan". Sorry for the confusion.

    June 27, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave

    Barack Obama has taken Foriegn Policy off the table as a attack avenue for Republicans. Pawlenty is grasping at straws.

    What I want to know from him is, what is his detailed plan [Vision, Tactics, Action Items, Schedule, Resources Required, Metrics by which measure progress] for a real foreign policy challenge? Let's say a proactive discussion on the rogue nuclear state of North Korea?

    Tim, tell me what you would do and let's see if it passes muster with Powell, Rice, Kissinger, Baker, Clinton, Albright, etc. I won't hire you based on a "trust me" I know what I'm doing pronouncement, particularly when Obama is knocking the cover off the ball in Foriegn Policy.

    Oh, and by the way, what impact will your course of action have on the National Debt? Afterall, you've left Minnesota with a $6B deficit due to your "shell game" economics. Can't have you repeating that performance on a national level.

    June 27, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    Obama's " "missed opportunities" during the so-called Arab Spring."

    This is what Pawlenty doesn't comprehend. If the US would have interceded or tried to influence the events in any of those countries it would have been rejected and viewed as MORE American intrusion, more than likely backfiring on us.

    "Few Republican candidates can boast serious foreign policy credentials, that Pawlenty has "a tremendous depth of foreign policy experience." He pointed to his travels around the world while serving as governor of Minnesota."

    LOL!! Oh WOW! Foreign travel as "tremendous" foreign policy experience. Hey Pawlenty, I backpacked around Europe for 2 months and lived in Spain and Costa Rica for a year each...based on your qualifying experience I can probably upstage you! LOL!! Maybe I should run for office.

    June 27, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    The US can no longer AFFORD to police the planet. It is too costly, and we are too broke.

    June 27, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. The Elephant In The Room

    Timmy –

    In 2001 the DOD budget was $432B; Ten years later, in 2011 it is $720B. [These are apples-to-apples, inflation-adjusted dollars]. How much is your "police-the-world" approach going to cost the American taxpayer?

    I want that $14.3 Trillion dollard debt (built up largely by Republican Administrations) to be paid off. How are you planning to achieved that?

    Remember, we will be grading your credibility.

    June 27, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    It's not isolationism. It is the reality we can't do everything for everybody, we can't protect everybody and we can't free everybody. It's a cold cruel world out there and people are going to have to learn to fend for themselves. We're going broke trying to save the world from themselves. We can't afford global welfare forever.

    June 27, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Indy

    Google me this Tim Pawlenty, why didnt you stand up like a man when you had your chance, getting sick of the Republicans tough talk when they are not being challenged by people or facts.

    June 27, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. GOP Tea Party Say NO to Killing Terrorist Ghadaffi But Say Yes to Killing Grandma Medicare and Social Security

    Haa, Little Timmy is just trying harder to stay relevant!

    He missed his 15mins of fame to attack Romney on "Obarmney Care" and his presidential campaign has been sliding down the slippery slope faster than Newt Gingrich!!!

    If FLAKEY Michelle Bacmann, a congresswoman from MN is polling better than a gov. from the same state, then you must be in DEEP DOO DOO!!!....

    The GOP Tea Party can do better instead of parading these IDIOTs from MN as presidential candidates!!

    America knows better !!!

    June 27, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |

    He is not ready for the Presidency..........He, Romney, and Huntsman, look very weak. I mean they literally look weak...
    Obama 2012.

    June 27, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Jilli

    I don't think this limp noodle could "push back" on a feather. There's something really laughable about a wimp trying to talk like a tough guy.

    June 27, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Airline crews have "a tremendous depth of foreign policy experience" they too travel around the World moe than anyone I know and a lot of them speak the languages.

    June 27, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. kathic

    Cut funding to popular programs, cut taxes, but fight more wars. I guess he won't be running as a fiscal conservative.

    June 27, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. The Greedy Old Pigs are insane

    Little Timmy wants all the adults to know what a good little neocon nutjob he is. Never met a war ya didn't like, eh Timmy?

    June 27, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |